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GRE and Applying to Graduate School Information Session AURORA CRUZ-TORRES, M.S.
MCB ACADEMIC ADVISOR
GRE: Graduate Record Examination
GRE: Graduate Record Examination qMost commonly required admission test for graduate school
q Supplements your undergraduate records, recommendation letters, and other qualifications for graduate-level study
q Available on paper or computer
q Allows you to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and tackle the questions you want to answer first.
q You can choose which scores to send to graduate school programs
q Assessment of the following: ◦ Critical Thinking ◦ Analytical Writing ◦ Verbal Reasoning ◦ Quantitative Reasoning Skills
Computer vs Paper-Based
Computer-Adaptive Version • Test adapts the difficulty level of its questions every time you submit an answer
• Includes on-screen calculator
Paper-based • Takes more time to finish • Calculator provided at test-center.
Professional Schools Requiring the GRE: q Graduate School – Doctoral and Master’s Programs in math, science, or research methodology q Business School (MBA) q Veterinary Medicine q Physician Assistant School q Some Law Schools q Some Pharmacy Schools q Some Dental Schools
GRE General Test vs GRE Subject Test
GRE General Test • Standard way to compare candidates to each other.
GRE Subject Test • Highlight your strengths in a specific subject area (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Math, Physics, Literature in English, and Psychology,).
• Recommended, not required – could give you competitive edge.
Main Sections of the GRE Verbal Reasoning (30 questions in 30 minutes)
Quantitative Reasoning (28 questions in 45 minutes)
Analytical Writing (Two sections: 45 and 30 minutes each)
Total Test Time ~ 3 hours and 45 minutes plus short breaks
Verbal Reasoning q Analyze and draw conclusions from specific readings
q Identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective
q Understand multiple levels of meaning
q Select important points: q Distinguish major from minor or relevant points q Summarize text q Understand the structure of a text
q Recognize relationships among words and concepts: q Understand the meaning of words
Types of Verbal Reasoning Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
Select in Passage Questions
Text Completion Questions
Sentence Equivalence Questions
Quantitative Reasoning q Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
q Solve problems using mathematical models
q Apply basic skills and elementary concept of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
Types of Quantitative Reasoning Questions
Quantitative Comparison Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
Numeric Entry Questions
Data Interpretation Sets
Analytical Writing q Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
q Support ideas with relevant reasons
q Examine claims and evidence
q Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
q Understand standard written English
Types of Analytical Writing Questions
Analyze an Issue (45 min) Assesses your ability to think critically about a topic of general interest
and to clearly express your thoughts about it in writing.
Analyze an Argument (30 min) Assesses your ability to understand, analyze and evaluate arguments
and to clearly convey your evaluation in writing.
Recommended Courses Any courses that combine critical thinking with writing: Philosophy, Ethics, Research Methods, Logic and Reasoning, World Religions, Courses on Racial and Diversity Issues, Creative Writing, Comparative and World Literature, and many others.
GRE Test Centers and Dates Ø Computer-Delivered General Test - offered year-round at Prometric test centers.
Ø Paper- Delivered General Test – specific dates posted on the GRE website.
Ø GRE Subject Tests – offered year-round at paper-delivered test centers.
You can find all the test centers and dates here: https://www.ets.org/gre/subject/register/
ü Average score is 150-152 for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning Sections.
ü Average score is 3.7 for Analytical Writing Section ü Anything between a combined score of 250-330 is considered a
good GRE score (MBA programs might require higher) ü ScoreSelect Option – lets you decide which test scores to send to
the institutions you designate. ü Takes 10-15 days for institutions to receive your score
Retaking the GRE q Computer-delivered Test – retake once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. q Paper-delivered Test: retake as often as it is offered.
Free Resources Available:
You can find these and other resources at: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/
Applying to Graduate School
Applying to Graduate School – Requirements 1. Bachelor’s Degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited
institution - Transcripts
2. Usually minimum grade-point average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
3. Undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen filed (RESEARCH)
4. English Language Proficiency Test – TOEFL
5. GRE scores – consult schools to confirm you need to take it
6. Letters of Recommendation - at least three
7. Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose
Applying to Graduate School – Preparation (May-July) ü Start researching graduate schools early – most have rolling admissions but others have specific deadlines (usually in the fall). ü Take the GRE practice test https://www.princetonreview.com/business/gre-practice- test#!practice ü This will help you determine how much preparation you will need for the real one.
ü Request information from schools that interest you. ü Ask graduate students and professors to recommend good programs and even help you make some connections.
Applying to Graduate School – Timeline (August-December) Ø August: take the GRE General Test – if you are not happy with your scores, it will give you time to take it again.
Ø September: Contact your letters of recommendation providers and begin drafting your personal statement.
Ø October: request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution and follow up with letters of recommendation.
Ø November: have someone in the field or The Career Center read over your personal statement and make sure your GRE scores are being sent to schools.
Ø December: complete and submit all graduate school applications and verify your recommendations have been sent.
Applying to Graduate School
ALWAYS CONSULT WITH THE GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAM OF YOUR CHOICE REGARDING
REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES!!!!
Questions? q Visit The Career Center for help with personal statement and mock interviews. https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/
q Visit MCB Advising for undergraduate research opportunities and planning your classes. https://mcb.illinois.edu/undergrad/advising/
q Contact me for additional information or to request this presentation: firstname.lastname@example.org